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December 18, 2021

Mt 1: 18-24

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 

But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 

All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. 

Joseph’s Obedience

Dreams drive us. The power of a vision impels us forward, often into unfamiliar places. What happens then when our dreams come from a source not our own? How do we react when someone gives us a vision of our life that does not resonate with our dreams? Today’s Gospel tells that great story of God interrupting Joseph’s plans through an angel in a dream. The angel lets Joseph know that his vocation belongs to the care of this woman Mary, with a child not his own. Joseph obeys that vision, that calling. The source of any vocation, whether that be to priesthood or religious life, the married life, or the single life, begins with God’s initiative. So, let us follow the example of St. Joseph being obedient to the divine callings in our lives.

For more on St. Joseph read Pope Francis’s letter for the Year of St. Joseph.

—Fr. Paul J. Shelton, SJ, is a regional vocation director for the Midwest Jesuits. To find out more about how to become a Jesuit, visit beajesuit.org

 

Prayer 

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man. 

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen. 

—Pope Francis Prayer to St. Joseph for the Year of St. Joseph


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December 18, 2021

Mt 1: 18-24

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 

But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 

All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. 

Joseph’s Obedience

Dreams drive us. The power of a vision impels us forward, often into unfamiliar places. What happens then when our dreams come from a source not our own? How do we react when someone gives us a vision of our life that does not resonate with our dreams? Today’s Gospel tells that great story of God interrupting Joseph’s plans through an angel in a dream. The angel lets Joseph know that his vocation belongs to the care of this woman Mary, with a child not his own. Joseph obeys that vision, that calling. The source of any vocation, whether that be to priesthood or religious life, the married life, or the single life, begins with God’s initiative. So, let us follow the example of St. Joseph being obedient to the divine callings in our lives.

For more on St. Joseph read Pope Francis’s letter for the Year of St. Joseph.

—Fr. Paul J. Shelton, SJ, is a regional vocation director for the Midwest Jesuits. To find out more about how to become a Jesuit, visit beajesuit.org

 

Prayer 

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man. 

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen. 

—Pope Francis Prayer to St. Joseph for the Year of St. Joseph


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